Counterspeech efforts in France

Our counterspeech efforts in France have reached more than 16 million people. Explore this page to learn about local initiatives, campaigns, resources, and partners in your community.

Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI)

The OCCI has engaged more than 3.5 million people and 100 anti-hate and anti-extremism organizations across Europe.


In France, the OCCI has engaged 42 local organizations through initiatives like the OCCI Counterspeech Lab.

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Paris Counterspeech Lab

Paris, France
Paris, France

Challenging the narrative against helping refugees

A Counterspeech Lab held in Paris in November 2016 resulted in three video campaigns, including one that uses people’s public tweets to challenge the narrative that French society must help homeless people before refugees.

The campaign argues that as neither refugees nor homeless people chose to be in the situation they are in, French citizens should not choose between who should get support.

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activists engaged

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Hack for Good

Hack for Good campaigns have been executed in 2015 in partnership with LICRA, and in 2016 in partnership with CIMADE. LICRA's video campaign, #NoLikesForRacism, reached 15 million people - more than 50% of all people in Facebook on France.

#NoLikesForRacism

Paris, France
Paris, France

Encouraging people to report racist content

Facebook's 2015 Hack for Good event in Paris showed the power a well-executed social media campaign can have in countering hate speech. The #NoLikesForRacism video from LICRA was seen nearly 3 million times in the first 24 hours it was online. The innovative film - posted upside down so people could click 'dislike' - was viewed by over half of all people using Facebook in France. 81% of those who saw it say they will now report racist content they see on Facebook.

3MM+

people reached

P2P: Facebook Global Digital Challenge

P2P has reached more than 200 million people through campaigns run by 6,500 students from 375 universities in 75 countries.


The following universities and organizations in France have participated in the program: Sciences Po, ESSEC Business School, and the American University of Paris.

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#Rooted2, Sciences Po

Paris, France
Paris, France

Challenging misconceptions by sharing people's roots

The goal of this campaign was to challenge stereotypes and prejudices that people hold about one another by having them share the things they are rooted to - their interests, values, ideals, principles, and places - with each other. The team behind #Rooted2 created an online photo campaign, in which they asked people to post pictures of their feet with the caption “You are 6 steps away from anyone in the world”, and then tag three friends and challenge them to do the same. By playing off of the idea that we are all only 6 degrees of separation away from one another, people were encouraged to discuss the ways they were connected to people from different backgrounds.

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35K+

people reached

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Prévenir, ESSEC Business School

Cergy, France
Cergy, France

Preventing extremism through education

This campaign used positive messages to educate people about recruitment tactics used by extremist organizations, including how to recognize signs exhibited by young adults who have been targeted.

Want to learn more? Check out the Prevenir Facebook page.

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1MM+

people reached

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Resources and Research

  • OCCI Information Pack on Counterspeech Labs

    The Information Guide on Counterspeech Labs aims to explain the methodology and structure of the OCCI Counterspeech Labs. The guide contains condensed information and content from the YouthCAN Innovation Lab Report (2016), a document produced and published by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

  • OCCI Information Pack on Counterspeech Engagement

    This information pack aims to give beginning steps and practical advice for NGOs and civil society activists who are looking to challenge and counter hate speech and extremism online.

  • 2016 Demos Counter Speech Report (Part II)

    In October 2015, Demos published a report, supported by Facebook, which examined the activity of counter-speech and populist right-wing groups on Facebook and made recommendations for how counter-speech groups could more effectively diffuse their messages. This report sets out the summary findings of phase II of this project, examining how speech which challenges extreme Islamist narratives is produced and shared in different parts of the world. This comparative study looks includes data from France, the UK, Morocco, Tunisia, Indonesia and India.

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